Recycling the Disabled: Army, Medicine, and Modernity in the First World War
HEATHER PERRY, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 7:00PM | UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, THE COMMONS (SPOONER HALL)
This talk will examine the ‘medical organization’ of Imperial Germany for total war. Faced with mounting casualties and a growing labor shortage, German military, industrial, and governmental officials turned to medical experts for assistance in the total mobilization of society. Through an investigation of developments in rehabilitation medicine, prosthetic technology, military medical organization and the cultural history of disability, Heather Perry will discuss how the pressures of warfare transformed not only medical ideas and treatments for injured soldiers, but also social and cultural expectations of the disabled body in Germany as well as in other belligerent nations.